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Duke demolishes Virginia Tech after slow start in Lane Stadium

Duke demolishes Virginia Tech after slow start in Lane Stadium”

Duke football scored 31-straight points to throttle Virginia Tech in its home stadium, 45-10, Friday evening.

After more than a quarter of ugly play by the Duke Blue Devils offense, all it took was a turnover and a red-zone opportunity to unleash some attractive play execution for a touchdown.

"We really wanted to capitalize on that and get a score", Harris said. "I thought we had a great play call".

However, the monstrous scoring run by the Blue Devils proved too much for Tech to overcome.

Justin Fuente now finds his Hokies down 0-2 in conference play, putting them two full games behind state rival Virginia in the division standings. The loss is their worst at home since a 49-12 defeat against Houston on September 28, 1974, and was Fuente's first against the Blue Devils.

The start made it seem like a defensive struggle was in the offing. Getting back to the ACC championship game looks like a pipe dream for Virginia Tech after coming out flat in Week 5.

Perhaps the play of the game was wide receiver Jalon Calhoun throwing a 25-yard touchdown pass to Deon Jackson which gave the Blue Devils a 21-3 lead right before halftime.

The Blue Devils had done little until a turnover got them going. Harris completed a 12-yard pass to Gray on fourth-and-7 from the Hokies 19 on the same drive, and backup quarterback Chris Katrenick ran it in from 8 yards out two plays later. Quarterback Quentin Harris led the team with 100 yards and a touchdown on the ground, with running back Deon Jackson adding 55 yards and a touchdown of his own.

The Friday night lights exposed Virginia Tech. Yes, they also started the first quarter with five total yards and naturally, no first downs.

Harris, who was missing receivers early, finished 20 for 27 for 163 yards and was not sacked. Duke had 17 yards on those first 11 plays, including the 9-yard gain on a Hokies' pass interference penalty.



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